|Hubert Russel, 1726, Cambridge, MA|
Here Lyes Buried
the Body of Mr.
Who Decd. June
the 4th 1726
Aged 39 Years
Also Here Lyes one of his Children
It is commonplace to find gravestones dedicated to a mother and one or more of her children. Similar stones for fathers are rarer. I find them most frequently in maritime communities like Plymouth, where a child's gravestone also serves as a cenotaph for a father lost at sea. A few other gravestones celebrate the achievements of successful patriarchs.